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SSM Health Increases Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

MT. VERNON, IL (Sept. 30, 2021) – SSM Health is pleased to announce that it will implement a new minimum wage of $15.00 per hour throughout its four-state system. The increase will take effect on Oct. 10.

“Our Mission and Values call us to care for the health and well-being of all those we serve,” said Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, President and CEO of SSM Health. “As a leading employer in each of our communities, our ongoing commitment is to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace – which includes providing fair and socially just wages and benefits for our team members, along with robust programs and resources designed to promote wellness.”

This increase will impact nearly 3,000 team members across Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin – or about 7% of SSM Health’s total workforce of nearly 40,000 employees. This decision is consistent with SSM Health’s previously stated plans to advance equity as part of its overall talent development strategy.

Additionally, as a leading employer in every community it serves, SSM Health continuously seeks ways to better meet the needs of its workforce. The health system provides many programs and resources designed to support employees’ overall health and well-being, including:

  • Innovative and holistic wellness programs and support.
  • Discounted health insurance for eligible employees.
  • Access to an employee relief fund.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Continuing education and development programs for career advancement.
  • Life management services – from personal counseling and healthy lifestyle coaching to legal consultation and financial planning.